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I am 14 and my dream is to become is to become a commercial pilot. I am not very good at math nor physics and am certainly not able to do maths a level. Can I still become a pilot? And if I pass will I even stand a chance at being hired for an airline.
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You need go GCSE'S. You are in Year 10 or 9, and just start putting effort now. Instead of maybe doing English, do more maths. Then when it comes to A levels, worry about A levels. You need the GCSE's at the moment.

If you do not get that good, then you will not be hired most likely. I am sure you can do it though!
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You need go GCSE'S. You are in Year 10 or 9, and just start putting effort now. Instead of maybe doing English, do more maths. Then when it comes to A levels, worry about A levels. You need the GCSE's at the moment.

If you do not get that good, then you will not be hired most likely. I am sure you can do it though!
So if I don't do a level math or physics, can I still be a pilot?

Thank you so much for believing in me 🙂
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So if I don't do a level math or physics, can I still be a pilot?

Thank you so much for believing in me 🙂
It's possible, but it might not put you in the best place for competition.
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So if I don't do a level math or physics, can I still be a pilot?

Thank you so much for believing in me 🙂
My cousin is in the Air force. I think it was a requirement to do at least math and physics. This was 2011 so I do not know for sure. I think you need to have both.

And off course, you can do whatever if you believe in yourself and put the effort in.
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My cousin is in the Air force. I think it was a requirement to do at least math and physics. This was 2011 so I do not know for sure. I think you need to have both.

And off course, you can do whatever if you believe in yourself and put the effort in.
It's not that I don't want to do these courses, it's the fact that I am not academic enough. Also, is a degree required? But yeah, that's my main concern.
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It's possible, but it might not put you in the best place for competition.
So are these a levels a must do then.
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Join the RAF as a pilot and then join the commercial world after your contract. You need 2 C's at A Level. Any academic subject is fine. You could join with History and Geography if you wanted to.
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So are these a levels a must do then.
Very few places set requirements for what qualifications you must have to be a pilot. All you really need is money to afford all the training. And a lot of money is needed.

But, in order to get through all that training, some level of maths proficiency is very useful.

If you're then in competition for a place on the training, the more you can demonstrate that you'll be able to pass it, the better.
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Join the RAF as a pilot and then join the commercial world after your contract. You need 2 C's at A Level. Any academic subject is fine. You could join with History and Geography if you wanted to.
Do not do this.

It's the worst possible way in, won't guarantee you any ability to fly commercially, is extremely restrictive and competitive to get in, and will mandate you to many years service in an environment that's very far removed from civilian flying.

If you want to fly commercially, then fly commercially. The RAF is not an easy way in.
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It's not that I don't want to do these courses, it's the fact that I am not academic enough. Also, is a degree required? But yeah, that's my main concern.
No idea about degrees, I am in Year 10 myself however, you can become academic enough, you have a few years and you can really do it if you are dead set on being a pilot.
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Do not do this.

It's the worst possible way in, won't guarantee you any ability to fly commercially, is extremely restrictive and competitive to get in, and will mandate you to many years service in an environment that's very far removed from civilian flying.

If you want to fly commercially, then fly commercially. The RAF is not an easy way in.
It is however a very cheap way, free in fact, to become a pilot. The OP does not have to give anything but some years of his life - for which he is paid a respectable sum. Very few jobs pay £27000 out of secondary school.

It is also not that competitive, the entry requirements are C's with no preference for Maths or Physics. I personally know of someone with BCC who joint. The OP loses nothing by applying. Yes, it does not guarantee commercial flying - but plenty of ppl sure make that transition.
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Very few places set requirements for what qualifications you must have to be a pilot. All you really need is money to afford all the training. And a lot of money is needed.

But, in order to get through all that training, some level of maths proficiency is very useful.

If you're then in competition for a place on the training, the more you can demonstrate that you'll be able to pass it, the better.
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Do not do this.

It's the worst possible way in, won't guarantee you any ability to fly commercially, is extremely restrictive and competitive to get in, and will mandate you to many years service in an environment that's very far removed from civilian flying.

If you want to fly commercially, then fly commercially. The RAF is not an easy way in.
Thanks for the advice, but I agree with drewski. I don't have any interest in joining the RAF, although I considered.
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It is however a very cheap way, free in fact, to become a pilot. The OP does not have to give anything but some years of his life - for which he is paid a respectable sum. Very few jobs pay £27000 out of secondary school.

It is also not that competitive, the entry requirements are C's with no preference for Maths or Physics. I personally know of someone with BCC who joint. The OP loses nothing by applying. Yes, it does not guarantee commercial flying - but plenty of ppl sure make that transition.
It is not free. You are signing up to 12 years of service, after which you may not have any experience that directly correlates to commercial flying.

And yes, it is extremely competitive. Tens of thousands of people apply every year, only a handful get in.

The minimum requirements are 2x Cs, yes, but if someone isn't strong at maths then they won't get through the aptitude tests.

The RAF is the worst route for someone only interested in a civil career.

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My cousin is in the Air force. I think it was a requirement to do at least math and physics. This was 2011 so I do not know for sure. I think you need to have both.

And off course, you can do whatever if you believe in yourself and put the effort in.
The only requirement is at GCSE.
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It is however a very cheap way, free in fact, to become a pilot. The OP does not have to give anything but some years of his life - for which he is paid a respectable sum. Very few jobs pay £27000 out of secondary school.

It is also not that competitive, the entry requirements are C's with no preference for Maths or Physics. I personally know of someone with BCC who joint. The OP loses nothing by applying. Yes, it does not guarantee commercial flying - but plenty of ppl sure make that transition.
Wow, are you sure people with bcc got in? I might consider but it is tough to get into.
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Wow, are you sure people with bcc got in? I might consider but it is tough to get into.
If your mental arithmetic is poor you won't get past the aptitude tests.
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No idea about degrees, I am in Year 10 myself however, you can become academic enough, you have a few years and you can really do it if you are dead set on being a pilot.
Thanks so much.
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If your mental arithmetic is poor you won't get past the aptitude tests.
Yeah, also would taking a Btec in aeronautical engineering help instead of a levels or is this a bad idea?
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Yeah, also would taking a Btec in aeronautical engineering help instead of a levels or is this a bad idea?
To what end?
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To what end?
A level 3 Btec. If that's what you mean?
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